FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where is your studio located?
I am located at 18 E Main St. Suite B in the historical district of Downtown Belleville, IL, just outside of St. Louis, Missouri. My loft studio is located above the Olive Oil Marketplace and there is plenty of street parking available.
What type of photography do you specialize in?
I specialize in Newborns, Baby's and Maternity portraits and have specific training in these areas. The safety of your precious baby is my first priority. For this reason, I have a trained assistant to spot baby while I shoot to ensure they are safe at all times! I have invested hundreds of hours in newborn safety, posing education, and training from the world's top photographers in this field. Your baby will be cared for very gently and never put in a position where they are uncomfortable. Additionally, I am completely up to date on my immunizations and will reschedule your session if I am sick, as I do not want to expose them to anything.
I also enjoy family, high school seniors, weddings and other types of sessions.
When should I book my newborn session?
As soon as possible, I typically book 2-3 Months out. Expecting moms, please contact me in your second trimester for maternity sessions. Newborn sessions are best between 5-14 days old; however, if your baby is already born, there are sometimes last minute openings so please contact me regardless! =)
When is the Session Fee due and what does it include?
The session fee is due upon completion of my new client form which reserves your requested date and time. To avoid losing your requested date & time, please complete the form & payment promptly. Session fees include the photographers time, talent, post editing processing, and all that is requiredto prepare for your session. Session fees are non-refundable and do not include prints or digitals. In the case of emergency, severe weather, or illness your session may be rescheduled up to 1 time. Newborn sessions are scheduled within 1-2 weeks after your due date, but may be moved up or back depending on circumstances. Please contact me as soon as baby arrives to confirm.
Do you charge sales tax?
Yes, in accordance with Illinois state law, 8.1% sales tax is added to your final order (not the session fee).
What should I wear to my session?
This will be discussed during your pre-consultation. You may also view my pinterest inspiration boards here. www.pinterest.com/ldtphotog
What happens after my session?
Approximately 7-10 days after your session you will come back in for your in person ordering session. You can come to the studio or I can come to your home...which is sometimes easier with little ones! I will select the images from your session that meet my artistic standards and edit those proof images for you to view.
What can I do to prepare for my personal ordering session?
Coming to the reveal/ordering session with an idea of what type of prints you are interested in is very helpful. Please consider where you would like to have updated portraits in your home and then leave the designing up to me! I have a simple & easy tool that will allow you to pick out any product and see it displayed on your wall before you order! I ask that you take a couple snapshots of an area you would like to hang your images and e-mail them to me prior to your ordering appointment. This way, when you arrive at your ordering session it will be easy to decide what you want and where you will put it!
What to expect at my personal ordering appointment?
There is no time limit, but they typically take up to an 1 hour. I guarantee at least 30 proof images but typically there will be extra proofs for you to view. I present the very best ones, to allow more time to focus on your personalized products, rather than saying yes or no to an over abundance of proofs.
All purchases of prints, products, and digitals will be made during this time. This is the only time proofs will be available for viewing, so please ensure your spouse or any parties making financial decisions are present, as there is no online ordering available. If for some reason you can't decide what you would like at your ordering session, a $50 rescheduling fee will be added for an additional ordering appointment. Thank you for understanding.
Please allow up to 2 weeks for delivery of your custom albums and artwork.
Why do you offer custom sessions with in person ordering?
I think it is so important to get these beautiful memories off your computer and onto your wall! How many times have you been left with a CD to figure out what to print, only to never print them or wait 6 months to a year after your session to get around to printing then? Guilty!
I stand behind my products 100 %. Your images are carefully sized in the design process to fit the products you order, to produce the best quality possible. I ensure that my images are exported properly for not only the prints and products ordered through me, but the digital images you may purchase as well.
I take the guess work out of it and offer a premier service to help preserve these memories. I want to provide the best service possible in addition to high quality imagery, so you can cherish them for years to come!
What if I just want all the digitals and no prints?
That's fine too! You still receive the complete experience. If you prefer a digital only collection with unlimited printing rights, please keep in mind that LDT Photography is not responsible for the quality/color from any consumer labs. I provide high-resolution files to you but only guarantee the best quality from my professional printing lab, which is specifically calibrated with my computer in which the images were edited on.
What form of payment do you take?
At your personal ordering appointment, I accept credit/debit cards, cash, and checks.
Why can it be so expensive?
Quality, custom photography by a specially-trained portrait artist is not for everyone, and takes additional time and creative commitment. We are priced in order to continue the premier service we provide to our clients. For example, there are discount stores, department stores and boutiques. We are the “boutique” of photography studios witha fine art product and service that comes with this business model.
If you are interested in experiencing a custom session, I would be honored to work with you!
I am also excited to offer a complimentary baby registry to all my newborn clients! Give your family and friends the opportunity to give the gift of beautiful photographs of your newborn at your shower or after baby’s birth.